It’s that time of year again – time to find out what you readers think is the Arcade Game of the Year for 2011 happens to be. There are three polls to vote in, they will close after three weeks. As for why not just have me pick a favorite and pass that off as a story, I suppose I could do that but I prefer to see what you the readers think about the subject. This poll does verify via IP – there were accusations on our last poll of stuffed votes but it was just an effort on both sides to get out the vote. Looking at the logs doesn’t show anything unusual aside from high interest in voting.
As for my opinion, I’m happy with what this year has brought us – I still look forward to further improvements but overall I think that we are seeing better choices now than a few years ago. If you look over the list there is a greater variety in the styles of games and I have always seen that as a good thing. I’m also fortunate to have had a chance to play a majority of games listed – there are a couple of exceptions with the likes of GunLord and Elevator Action Death Parade. I’ll keep my choice under wraps for now but I am interested in seeing where this all goes.
This list excludes cabinet re-releases unless the game was dramatically changed by that. But going from standard to deluxe generally doesn’t do that but we will include 3D re-releases since those often add additional features beyond a 3D screen.
This reflects the list we have for Arcade Releases for 2011. In case you want to see what we know about so far for 2012, hit up our page on Arcade Releases for 2012, which will be updated throughout the year as new announcements are made.
Continue past the post break for the Asian Market Arcade game and Pinball game polls.
Now for the Asian Market version – again since game selection is quite different it may as well have a poll of it’s own.
And of course, your pick for the 2011 Pinball Game of the Year, all from Stern. Next year will certainly be interesting once there is some competition going on in this area for the first in a long time.